SYLVAN LAKE, ALBERTA–(Marketwired – May 29, 2017) – Lonestar West Inc. (TSX VENTURE:LSI) today announced the financial results for the three month period ended March 31, 2017.
The results for the quarter ended March 31, 2017 continue to reflect the impact of the significant pricing pressure from the heightened competition for non-energy related projects. There was an increase in the Canadian utilization which did not translate into an increase in revenue as a result of the low rates. The ongoing delay in contract negotiations with a major account in the Unites States also had a direct impact on the Company overall. The focus of the Company will be to continue to reduce operating costs and improve margins which have suffered as a result of the low rates and higher costs.
Key points for the three months ended March 31, 2017 include:
Revenues were $8,307,033 for the quarter ended March 31, 2017, compared to $11,919,783 for the prior year comparable quarter.
Gross margin1 was 7.9% compared to 19.3% for the prior year comparable quarter.
Normalized EBITDAC2 was $(296,736) compared to $891,813 for the prior year comparable quarter.
Normalized EBITDAC3 per basic share was $(0.01) from $0.03 for the prior year comparable quarter.
Loss before taxes was $2,123,873 as compared to a loss before taxes of $1,053,137 for the prior year comparable quarter.
Loss for the period was $2,124,472 as compared to a Loss of $2,271,552 for the prior year comparable quarter.
“The results for the first quarter of 2017 did not reflect the efforts we made to improve our profit margin. The cost cutting was completed by mid-March but did not have sufficient time to realize the benefits, and the continued decline of the revenues offset the impact of the cuts we have made. As a result we have taken additional steps to continue making cuts throughout the organization.” commented James Horvath, President and CEO of Lonestar. “We view the potential acquisition by Clean Harbors, Inc. in a positive light and believe it is the correct strategy for all stakeholders.”
The Company is continuing to intensify its focus on cost control while maintaining superior service to its customer base. In addition, the Company is continually assessing the location of its fleet and redeploys assets to areas less impacted by the energy markets.
About Lonestar West
Based in Sylvan Lake, Alberta, Lonestar West Inc. operates a fleet of 137 Hydrovac, Vacuum and Auxiliary units throughout Western Canada, Ontario, California, and the South Eastern United States. It is focused on profitably growing its HVAC services to become a major competitor in the North American market.
For more information please visit the Lonestar West website at www.lonestarwest.com
CAUTIONARY STATEMENT REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION
This News Release contains certain forward-looking statements and forward-looking information (collectively referred to herein as “forward-looking statements”) within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities laws. All statements other than statements of present or historical fact are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are often, but not always, identified by the use of words such as “anticipate”, “achieve”, “could”, “believe”, “plan”, “intend”, “objective”, “continuous”, “ongoing”, “estimate”, “outlook”, “expect”, “may”, “will”, “project”, “should” or similar words, including negatives thereof, suggesting future outcomes. In particular, this News Release contains forward-looking statements relating to: demand for the Company’s services and general industry activity level; the Company’s growth opportunities; and expectations regarding the Company’s revenue, normalized EBITDAC and equipment utilization. Lonestar believes the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable as of the date hereof but no assurance can be given that these expectations will prove to be correct and such forward-looking statements should not be unduly relied upon.
Various material factors and assumptions are typically applied in drawing conclusions. Specific material factors and assumptions include, but are not limited to:
Changes in industry conditions (including the levels of capital expenditures made by oil and gas producers and explorers)
Credit risk to which the Company is exposed in the conduct of its business
Fluctuations in prevailing commodity prices, currency and interest rates
The competitive environment to which the business is, or may be, exposed in all aspects of its business
The ability of the Company to access equipment and new technologies
The Company’s ability to maintain relationships with key suppliers
The ability of the Company to attract and maintain key personnel and other qualified employees
Various environmental risks to which the Company is exposed in the conduct of its operations
Inherent risks associated with the conduct of the business in which the Company operates
Timing and costs associated with the acquisition of capital equipment
The impact of weather and other seasonal factors that affect business operations
Availability of financial resources or third-party financing, and;
The impact of new laws or changes in administrative practices on the part of regulatory authorities.
Readers are cautioned that these factors are difficult to predict. Accordingly readers are cautioned that the actual results achieved will vary from the information provided herein and the variations may be material. Readers are also cautioned that the list of factors above are not exhaustive. Before placing reliance on any forward-looking statements to make decisions with respect to an investment in securities in Lonestar, prospective investors and others should carefully consider the factors identified above and other risks, uncertainties and potential changes that may cause actual results or events to differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements.
Forward-looking statements are not a guarantee of future performance and involve a number of risks and uncertainties, some of which are described herein. Such forward-looking statements necessarily involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, which may cause Lonestar’s actual performance and financial results in future periods to differ materially from any projections of future performance or results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the risks identified in Lonestar’s annual information form and management discussion and analysis for the year ended December 31, 2016 (the “MD&A”), which are available for viewing on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. In addition, the forward-looking statements contained in this News Release are made as of the date of this News Release. Lonestar does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or to revise any forward-looking statements except as expressly required by applicable securities laws. The forward-looking statements contained in this Press Release are expressly qualified by the cautionary statements contained herein.
Gross margin is calculated as gross profit as a percentage of revenues
This News Release contains the term Normalized EBITDAC as presented and does not have any standardized meaning prescribed by international financial reporting standards (“IFRS”) and therefore it may not be comparable with the calculation of similar measures for other entities. Management uses normalized EBITDAC to analyze the operating performance of the business. Normalized EBITDAC as presented is not intended to represent cash provided by operating activities, net earnings or other measures of financial performance calculated in accordance with IFRS. It is defined as Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, and stock based compensation excluding foreign exchange gains or losses which are primarily related to the US dollar activities of the Company and can vary significantly depending on exchange rate fluctuations, which are beyond the control of the Company.
Normalized EBITDAC per share is calculated as Normalized EBITDAC divided by the weighted average shares outstanding for the period.
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